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Suella Braverman MP
A strong voice for Fareham

Welcome!


Welcome to my February newsletter highlighting the issues that I have been working on in Parliament and in Fareham.

Brexit is now only days away, yet we still don't have a Withdrawal Agreement in place. I was disappointed that the Prime Minister cancelled the meaningful vote that was planned for late February, as this means that we are flirting dangerously with the 29th March deadline. It's vital that we can consider a revised Withdrawal Agreement which delivers the result of the referendum and that we are also fully prepared to go for no-deal if an agreement cannot be met. You can read my full update on Brexit below.

February also saw a number of visits to local businesses and meeting with local residents to discuss an array of issues, including Brexit, apprenticeships, crime, health and palliative care, environmental protections and trade, amongst many others.

I hope you enjoy my newsletter, and if you want to raise anything with me and my team, then you can contact us here.

Brexit Update and Q&As

 
Parliament was due to vote again on the Wothdrawal Agreement at the end of February. However, this was effectively pushed back to 12th March when MPs will vote on an amended deal. Time is running out and it is essential that the Government provides some certainty to businesses and individuals. 

Addressing the House of Commons on the 25th February, the Prime Minister confirmed the plan ahead. If an amended deal is not approved by MPs on 12th March, then two further votes will take place on no-deal and extending Article 50. 

I hope to be in a position to support an amended deal as this is my desired outcome. However, I will only support it if there is a legally-binding, treaty-level change to the draft WA which allows the UK to leave the Backstop, or brings an end to it in law. I am part of a legal team of MPs which will scrutinise the legal implications of the changes. 

If an amended deal does not get through the Commons, I will vote to keep no-deal ‘on the table’ as this is vital to our negotiating leverage and, as a second best option, would be the way to deliver Brexit on time in line with our promises. I will vote against an extension to Article 50 as it will not achieve anything except more uncertainty for the nation. 

You can read my full Brexit update here.

Meanwhile, it was fantastic to have such a good turnout for my Brexit Q&A event on the 1st February. Around 100 people attended at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham. 

It's important that during this crucial time in the Brexit process that constituents can scrutinise their MP and ask them questions about concerns they may have. We were also lucky to welcome the BBC Panorama team to film the meeting and the views of Fareham residents on Brexit. You can watch the episode here.

Suella visits Portsmouth International Port to discuss Brexit planning


I was very pleased to visit Portsmouth International Port and hear about the plans being implemented for Brexit. I’m very confident that the port will work just as effectively after Brexit as it does now and that goods will flow freely in and out of the city.

Leaving the EU and pursuing greater free trade around the globe will bring huge opportunities for Portsmouth International Port and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength in the coming years.

You can read more here.

Suella heralds work of Naomi House Hospice during visit


I was delighted to visit Naomi House & Jacksplace Hospice recently to tour their facilities and hear about the work they are doing to help children and young people.

Naomi House is an amazing facility and one of its kind in the south of England. I was hugely impressed with the new state-of-the-art care facilities which the hospice is now providing.

A great amount of time and dedication goes into making sure that the hospice really is a home from home for hundreds of young people suffering from illnesses in Hampshire, and I will remain a committed advocate for this amazing facility in Westminster.

You can read more here.

St Anthony's pupils meet Suella in Parliament


It was a real pleasure to welcome St Anthony's Catholic Primary School to Parliament and hear their questions about MPs and the democratic process. It is an important element of our democracy that Parliament is accessible to everyone, so I am always delighted to welcome Fareham constituents and local schools to Parliament to show them this wonderful and historic place.

The pupils also had a tour of the Palace of Westminster, including the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Westminster Hall.

If anyone in Fareham would like to arrange a tour of Parliament then this can be done by contacting me via my website.

Suella supports ambitious Fareham IT business


I was very pleased to visit Silver Lining  Convergence Ltd which is a growing local business that gives a lot back to the local community.

Silver Lining are strong advocates of schools and professional development opportunities for young people in the area, with the company having supported the Daily Echo Education Awards and an apprenticeship fair run by Suella in 2018.

The support they offer for local charities is invaluable and the apprenticeships they offer are an important step in keeping young talent in the area.

Evie takes plastic pollution concerns to Parliament

 
I was delighted to meet Evie Haddock and her dad James in Parliament recently to discuss her very important campaign on plastic pollution, which has seen her exchanging letters with government ministers, the CEO of Tesco and the Queen.

Evie’s campaign started when she and fellow pupils from Cornerstone CofE Primary School in Whiteley staged a dance at the Junior Rock Challenge, which centred around plastic pollution and how it is damaging marine environments across the globe.


It’s fantastic to see someone so young campaigning on such an important issue and taking it upon herself to seek answers and raise awareness in the interests of the environment.

The blight of plastic pollution is very concerning and the Government has been focusing a lot of its efforts in the past few years on tackling this issue by incentivising recycling and the use of alternative materials, as well as changing behaviour and urging industry to reduce the amount of plastic is used in products and packaging.

I wish Evie all the best in her campaigning. You can read more here.

Suella outlines improvement priorities for Southern Health following ‘categorical failures’


I have written to the Health Secretary to outline priority areas of improvement for the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust following “categorical failures” that led to the death of patients.

I have identified seven areas of improvement which I believe are crucial to ensuring that Southern Health can deliver safe and effective services to the people of Hampshire and I have written to the Health Secretary along with fellow Hampshire MPs to highlight our concerns and what needs to be improved. I look forward to hearing back from the Health Secretary on this very important issue.

This included the need to decrease out of area bed use which currently costs £12 million per year, the provision of £5m of ring-fenced funding for community health services and the need to train GPs to deal with mental health and learning disabilities including Psycho-Social therapy pilots to help people with stress.

You can read more here.
What people say
Frank, from Fareham, said:
 
"You do everything with the interests of the people of Fareham, thank you Good Lady."

Ron, from Titchfield, said:
 
“Thank you Suella for the help you have given me, it’s much appreciated."


Surgeries

Friday, 15th March
Sarisbury Green Community Centre
***Fully Booked***

Friday, 12th April
Portchester


Events

Friday 5th April
Solent Business Forum

If you are a local business owner or entrepreneur, you are welcome to join my quarterly lunch to discuss enterprise and local business needs. Please email me for more details.


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